SELMA, AL (January 24, 2023) — Nearly two weeks after deadly tornadoes struck Alabama, the American Red Cross is helping people get back on their feet with guidance on resources and the recovery process. English and Spanish-speaking caseworkers are available to help people create personal recovery plans, navigate paperwork, and find help from the Red Cross and other agencies. These trained caseworkers meet with residents in person to assist them with their specific emergency caused by a disaster.
“People often discover new challenges as they go through the cleanup and recovery, and we want them to know that the Red Cross is still there to help them through that process,” said Kelly Hodges, the Red’s executive director cross. “In the first few days and weeks after a disaster, survivors may focus on immediate needs like cleaning their home. Later, they may find that they need help replacing documents or filing insurance claims, but don’t know where to start. Or they may realize they are struggling with emotional coping and need help. Whatever the need, the Red Cross is here to help.”
Most people whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged by the January 12 tornadoes are being contacted directly by the Red Cross via email, text message or phone call. This includes people who may encounter barriers in accessing disaster relief, such as: B. Individuals who do not speak English, are not US citizens, or have difficulty accessing Services.
An emergency shelter remains open at Selma High School, 2180 Broad Street, Selma AL. More than 11 people took refuge in the shelters last night and many more visit each day for hot meals and information about available help.
Trained Red Cross health and mental health workers are providing services to people in the shelters, including emotional support and prescription drug and eyeglass replacements. Emergency vehicles drive through storm-damaged neighborhoods delivering food, water and cleaning supplies such as bleach, mops, gloves, rakes and shovels.
As of January 12, nearly 90 Red Cross workers have:
Serves more than 6,700 meals
Distribution of over 1650 relief items, including convenience kits with hygiene items and cleaning kits
Provided nearly 150 overnight stays in emergency shelters
At this time, the American Red Cross is fortunate to have volunteers who are trained, ready, and willing to assist in our response to the disasters in our communities. We thank individuals and community groups who are willing to support this effort and encourage them to register as new volunteers to help with future disaster relief efforts. Learn more and register online at www.redcross.org/support/volunteer and complete the online application.
HOW CAN YOU HELP
All Red Cross disaster relief efforts are free and made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.
Help people affected by disasters like tornadoes and countless other crises by making a donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your donation enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org/donate or call 1-800-REDCROSS.
For more updates, follow the American Red Cross Alabama Region on Twitter at @RedCrossAL. You can also visit redcross.org/alabama.
The American Red Cross houses, feeds and comforts victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to carry out its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/alabamamississippi or follow us on Twitter at @RedCrossAL.